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“More than just History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808 847 3511
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Ranked #11 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This museum founded by banker Charles R. Bishop in 1889 is famous for its Polynesian artifacts.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Northern California, USA
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“More than just History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The history buff of the group insisted that we visit. It was worth it. First there is a huge building with 3 levels of history, and a fascinating look at the Hawaiian royalty. A man with a beautiful voice taught us the words and meaning of the Hula. Then there was a separate building showing the volcanos and how they formed the islands, with live talks and demonstrations.
It was a day well spent.

Visited October 2013
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Sacramento, California
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“I met Albert!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

In all of the years that I have been vacationing in Hawaii I have never visited the Bishop Museum. What a shame as it is a very wonderful place to see Hawaiian history. The docents are very friendly and the artifacts are varied and interesting. Perhaps not so much for children as I saw many who were quite bored. Fortunately there is a Legos exhibit at the museum that the kids should find fun. The newest exhibit is Ni'ihau shell leis which seem simple until you look closely and read the information about them. Beautiful!
While visiting the third floor picture gallery my companion mentioned that a large picture of Queen Emma looked quite a bit like her own grandmother, Emma. I challenged the statement and my companion was quite adamant that the picture resembled her grandmother. No sooner did she finish the statement we both felt a very strong push on the back of our heads and a heavy feeling in the room. I became quite dizzy and we both felt that we had to leave the picture gallery. We went downstairs to the first floor to ask if there were any spirits residing in the museum. Before we could ask, one of the docents, Gloria, looked at our faces and commented that we must have met "Albert," the spirit of the four year old son of Queen Emma! We spoke with Georgia and two others who told us all about Albert's pranks. What an experience.
If you visit the museum you just might run into Albert. If you do, tell him you are a visitor and kindly ask him to let you be. Then add the tale to your list of wonderful vacation memories. I know I will!

Visited October 2013
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maidstone, england
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“Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We loved this museum was very big and lovely to wander around, there were activities you could watch, only disappointing thing was the Science museum section, was not as good as we had hoped, but perhaps we have been spoilt by others we have visited.

Visited October 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Best place to learn Hawaiian history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is a magnificent museum, with striking exhibits. We learned a lot about the history of Hawaii, and about Hawaiian culture. Depending on your interests in anthropology, you may need several hours to cover the material presented.

Visited September 2013
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Ewa Beach Hawaii
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“history and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

great place for the whole family. Great displays of hawaiian and Pacific Islander history from royalty to the importance of tattoos. lots of interactive things for the kids to do in the science building too!

Visited August 2013
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